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MISSION

Maxx Force Hockey will develop and lead hockey players to excel and achieve their greatest potential through quality service, professional instruction and positive experiences

Mark Soares

Owner and Lead Instructor

Mark Soares is the owner and lead instructor of Maxx Force Professional Hockey Development and the current BCHL Coquitlam Express Jr. A skills coach.

From the age of 4, to rep minor hockey, to Junior A at the young age of 16, to current all time points scored and games played for the Jr. A Express organization, to helping lead his team to Canadian National Championships, to University scholarships both NCAA and CIS, to high level Professional European contracts, numerous top player & fan favorite awards, all-star nominations and Canadian record holder for most consecutive goals scored in one game by a University hockey player,  Mark has seen and done what most just dream of.

 

He has the experience to guide young hockey players down that difficult yet rewarding path.

Learning from his mistakes, disappointments, and achievements throughout the years he has developed ways for players to maintain a positive mindset, train to their highest potential and better themselves both on and off the ice, not only as hockey players but as an individual.

Hockey is his passion, his goal now is to give back to young hockey players and give them every opportunity, knowledge and skills to be successful in the sport and to help continue the strong tradition of our Canadian game.

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Brian Stewart

Lead Goalie Instructor

Brian Stewart is a former Professional Hockey Player with over 22 years of experience as a goalie.

While achieving both his Master’s Degree in Sport Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, he was an accomplished goalie in the NCAA Div 1 at Northern Michigan University, where he was recognized as Team MVP 3 of the 4 seasons he played.

Following college, Brian went on to sign an NHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and from there played in the AHL, ECHL and professionally in Europe. While playing throughout North America and Internationally he continued to receive a plethora of accolades, including AHL Player of the Week, ECHL All Rookie Team Award, and Elite League Goalie of the Year.

Brian is now passionate about sharing the wealth of knowledge he has acquired throughout his extensive hockey career to guide and develop athletes from youth to a college and professional level.

Matthew Jung

Instructor

Matthew has played elite level hockey since a very young age and continues to work relentlessly
towards achieving his goals in hockey.

 

After representing Cloverdale Minor Hockey at the 
level for many years, he spent two seasons in the British Columbia U18 League (formerly the
BCMML) with the Valley West Giants where was awarded the BCMML Hardest Worker Award
in 2018, followed by a Most Inspirational Player Team Award.

 

In his final season in the league,
he was honoured with a team leadership award, an accomplishment he still feels proud to have
earned.

 

The following season he signed with the Ridge Meadows Flames Junior B Hockey Club of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL), following multiple seasons of being
an affiliate player dating back to his 15-year-old season.

 

In 2021, Matthew took his game south of the Border to the Fresno Monsters of the United States
Premier Hockey League (USPHL - Tier 3 Junior A League) after narrowly missing a roster spot in the Manitoba Junior  Hockey League, where he helped his team capture the Pacific Division Championship. This earned them a qualification to the USPHL National Championships.

 

For the upcoming season, his final in junior hockey, Matthew will continue his play at the junior A level in pursuit of a NCAA Division III scholarship.


His work with Mark and Maxx Force Hockey has been instrumental in elevating his hockey
development, his success on and off the ice, and growth as a leader. Matthew has a special ability
in understanding the needs of young hockey players and can closely relate to the challenges they
face. He knows what it takes to be successful and is passionate about his opportunity in helping
the next generation of young hockey players achieve their goals.

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Instructor

Maxx Force Hockey is pleased to announce that Max Grassi will be joining the Maxx Force Hockey development team and will be an on ice leader with the next generation of hockey players.

Mark has had the pleasure of playing along side of Max and winning an RBC Canadian Championship in 2006 and playing Professional hockey together in Germany,

where they would lead their team together. 

 

Maxx Grassi started his hockey career a lot like Mark did at a young age working his way up to the Burnaby Express Jr A team and winning a Canadian Championship in his first year in the BCHL.

 

He went on to play for the Nanaimo Clippers, winning the Doyle Cup and becoming a BC champion with the team. He eventually became the Captain for the Penticton Vee's in the BCHL before heading to University to play for the UBC Thunderbirds receiving top player awards and graduating with a degree.

 

Max played in Weiden, Gammering, and Timmerdorfer in the German Leagues where he was top scorer for all three teams. 

Max also had the opportunity to represent Team Canada in the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championship where he was selected MVP in the gold medal game.

Max Grassi shares the same passion for hockey as Mark Soares does and now they are all about giving back to young hockey players and sharing their talents and abilities with them so that they too may become successful.

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Amraj Gill

Instructor

Amraj spent his minor hockey career playing triple A before making the jump to junior hockey at age 16.

 

Spending 2 years with the Surrey Knights, he would go on to lead defensemen in goals as well as points.

 

Amraj was selected for the PJHL rookie all star game both his years in Surrey, winning back to back.

 

The following year he played in the SIJHL with the Dryden Ice dogs where he would lead his D line in scoring again.

 

Amraj was awarded the team award for best Defensemen as well as league rookie of the year. After having a season cut short due to Covid, Amraj spent his final year of junior hockey in the MJHL where he would commit to play at the University of Concordia Wisconsin in the coming season.

 

Amraj was glad he had the opportunity to work with Mark during his transition into junior hockey and has really development over the years. He is working to one day play pro hockey after earning his degree. 

When Amraj is not training or playing hockey he spends his summers helping to give back to hockey working with kids on ice towards improving their skills and confidence. 

He is very knowledgable and and eager to teach the next generation of hockey players.

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